Utica man accused of rape

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UTICA — A Utica man is accused of raping a teenage girl in the city, according to the county Child Advocacy Center.

Investigators said Michael Castro, 25, raped a 16-year-old girl on multiple occasions in Utica in January. Castro was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Castro is charged with one count each of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child, authorities stated. He was arraigned in City Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

He is scheduled to reappear in court.

The victim has been offered counseling through the CAC.

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